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Why we love milk

My daughter has always been on the small side. She is always the tiniest girl in the class and I think what really bothered her was that she couldn’t ride all of the “big rides” at Disneyland. I couldn’t help but think it was because she didn’t drink as much milk. So I experimented with her a bit and she started drinking milk with almost every meal. Well wouldn’t you know it, she grew 2 inches in 6 weeks! I don’t know if the milk 100% did the trick, but what I do know is that her hair is healthy, shiny and beautiful and that I have to cut her nails every few days. My girl is glowing!

My son on the other hand has guzzled milk from since he was a year old and the kiddo wants it with breakfast, lunch and dinner. He has the best hair, nails that grow in days and is pretty tall for his age.

I love that my kiddos(and me!) love our milk and that it gives us shiny hair and nails, strong healthy bones, is a healthy drink and well that it’s delish! I can’t imagine pan dulcet or bananas without my milk.

For additional info on the benefits of milk for you and your family head here. You can find The Master of the Glass Half Full on Facebook and also follow him on Twitter.

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor’s Board and Latina Mom Bloggers

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Wordless Wednesday : Giddy up!

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Giddy up!

This past weekend we made our way down to Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano. The kids had a blast feeding the animals, riding the choo choo train and riding ponies!  I love this picture. The kids were telling each other how much fun they were having. I love these little moments!

For more Wordless Wednesday fun  head over to Angry Julie Monday.

I would love to feature your photos of your outings on Wordless Wednesday. If you have any that you would like to share, please send them to mom@daytrippingmom.com

 

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Knott’s Berry Farm will team up with the U.S.Marine Corp once again to hold a toys for tots toy drive for needy families throughout Southern California.  This year you can purchase  a $20 gift from one of several merchandise locations in Knott’s Marketplace and you receive FREE admission to Knott’s Merry Farm.

If you would like to bring your own new, unwrapped gift valued at $20 or more, you will be given a voucher to purchase a regular Knott’s Merry Farm admission for $20

Toys For Tots Drive will take place from December 3rd to December 18th. For additional information head here.

 

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Brea Mall Decked out for the holidays!

Have you started on your holiday shopping yet? I was able to start last week when I headed to the Brea Mall for some early holiday shopping and there are some good deals going on. We plan on heading back this week for some additional shopping and of course we always do pictures with Santa at the mall.

 

Santa at Brea Mall

The mall will have special holiday hours

11/28/2011 -12/2/2011 10:00am-9:00pm
Holiday Shopping
12/3/2011 -12/4/2011 10:00am-8:00pm
Holiday Shopping
12/5/2011 -12/8/2011 10:00am-9:00pm
Holiday Shopping
12/9/2011 -12/15/2011 9:00am-10:00pm

and here is Santa’s schedule.

29 Nov 11 (Tue) 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
30 Nov 11 (Wed) 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
01 Dec 11 (Thu) 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
02 Dec 11 (Fri) 10:00 AM 8:30 PM
03 Dec 11 (Sat) 10:00 AM 8:30 PM
04 Dec 11 (Sun) 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
05 Dec 11 (Mon) 10:00 AM 8:30 PM
06 Dec 11 (Tue) 10:00 AM 8:30 PM
07 Dec 11 (Wed) 10:00 AM 8:30 PM
08 Dec 11 (Thu) 10:00 AM 8:30 PM
09 Dec 11 (Fri) 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
10 Dec 11 (Sat) 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
11 Dec 11 (Sun) 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
12 Dec 11 (Mon) 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
13 Dec 11 (Tue) 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
14 Dec 11 (Wed) 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
15 Dec 11 (Thu) 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
16 Dec 11 (Fri) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
17 Dec 11 (Sat) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
18 Dec 11 (Sun) 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
19 Dec 11 (Mon) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
20 Dec 11 (Tue) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
21 Dec 11 (Wed) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
22 Dec 11 (Thu) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
23 Dec 11 (Fri) 9:00 AM 9:30 PM
24 Dec 11 (Sat) 8:00 AM 6:00 PM

For additional info head here.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. A gift card was provided to help facilitate the review. However all opinions are my own.
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Sawdust Winter Festival

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos in the next few weeks, you want to check out the Winter Festival at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach.  This arts and crafts extravaganza offers Free or low cost art projects for both kids and adults. There are also art demonstrations from local artists, live entertainment,petting zoo and more.

Make sure to take your cameras and have the kids meet Santa!

The Winter Festival at The Sawdust Festival  takes place on weekends until December 11th from 10am to 6pm. Kids 5 and under are Free.

For additional info head here.

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Santa Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the holiday spirit!

Last week I had the opportunity to head over to the Disneyland Resort and experience all that Disneyland has to offer during the holidays. It’s no secret that along with probably millions of others, my favorite time of year to visit the Disneyland Resort is during the holiday season. There is something just so magical about visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during this time of the year.

Christmas Tree on Main Street USA

The Disneyland Resort is dressed up for the holiday season until Jaunary 8th, 2012. My absolute favorite thing about heading to Disneyland during the holidays is without a doubt is the “Believe…in Holiday Magic” Fireworks show and snow falling after the firework show. It never fails. I cry like a baby every time the snow starts falling and I see the sparkle in my children’s eyes as they revel in the magic of the holidays and Disney. It really is the stuff that memories are made off and heading to the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season has become a tradition for our family and has allowed me to create many beautiful memories with my family.

One of Santa's Reindeer

Here are some of the special events and attractions that are taking place throughout the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season.

Disneyland

  • It’s a Small World Holiday: This favorite attraction is all dressed up for the holidays as it celebrates the holidays throughout the world.
  • Christmas Fantasy Parade: Save a seat with the family and enjoy watching this festive parade, featuring your favorite Disney characters and of course Santa! Check times of parade. You won’t want to miss it!
  • Santa’s Reindeer Round Up- Head over to Frontierland for some one on one time with Santa and to have an up and close look at real live reindeer!
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday- Join Jack Skellington and friends as they transform the Haunted Mansion just in time for the holidays.

It's a Small World Holiday

Disney California Adventure

  • World of Color – Our favorite show is revamped for the holidays and better than ever!
  • Santa’s Seaside Pavillion- Stop over in Paradise Pier and have your picture taken with the Big Guy in Red!

Cinderella and Prince Charming

The resort is truly magical during this time of year and the decorations throughout the park are amazing. I learned that there are over 700 trees throughout the resort that are decorated! It’s touches like this that make heading to Disneyland during the holidays. Get ready to make some memories at the Disneyland Resort. A visit is a must during this holiday season!  For resort hours and other information head here.

P.S. Don’t forget to buy one of the holiday mugs on Main Street filled with hot chocolate. It’s become a tradition for our family and they make the best mugs! We grab a mug before the fireworks start and enjoy our hot cocoa and snow. It truly is the best!

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2012 Honda CR-V

 

The newly revamped, 2012 Honda CR-V is in a class all of its own. The 2012 Honda CR-V is not only fun to drive, it also has the versatility of a sports utility vehicle without the added sticker price or fuel costs. It is the ideal vehicle for a small family!

Last month Honda invited me and a few other bloggers to experience what the newly designed 2012 Honda CR-V has to offer. I had the opportunity to test drive the vehicle and I have to say that if I was in the market for another vehicle, the 2012 Honda CR-V would be at the top of my list. Not only is it fuel efficient, which is very important during this time, the car drives like a dream! It hugs the curves like nothing else and it is a very smooth ride.

2012 Honda CR-V Rear View

 

The five passenger  2012 Honda CR-V starts at under $25,000 and includes many features and options as standard.

Trims:

  • LX
  • EX
  • EX-L

Standard Equipment:

  • Automatic Transmission
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Keyless entry
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cruise Control
  • Tilt Steering
  • CD Player
  • USB/iPod
  • Rearview Camera
  • Power Windows/Controls

Fuel Efficiency :

  • 23 MPG City for FWD models
  • 31 MPG Highway for  FWD models
  • 22 MPG City for AWD models
  • 30 MPG Highway for AWD models

 

2012 Honda CR-V interior

Safety:

  • Side-Curtain Airbags
  • Antilock Disc Brakes
  • Larger side Driver Mirror
  • Bluetooth Hands Free Standard in all trims
  • Rear View Camera Standard in all trims
  • Anti Whiplash Feature
  • Stability and Traction Control
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor

Interior 2012 Honda CR-V

Performance:

  • 5-Speed Automatic
  • 4 Cylinders
  • Front Wheel Drive

Interior:

  • Roomy interior
  • Split Folding Rear Seats
  • Plenty of Cargo Room: 37.2 Cubic Feet, 70.9 Cubic Feet with Folded Rear Seat
  • Front and Rear Cup Holders
  • Reclining Rear Seats

The all new and improved 2012 Honda CR-V has plenty of room for passengers and also for cargo. It is fun to drive and handles like a dream. It is quiet, efficient and is very family friendly. It is an ideal vehicle for a family of four. It seats five people, however to be honest it would be hard to fit 3 carseats.

One of my favorite features about the CR-V is the fuel efficiency that this vehicle provides. I drive a large SUV and although I love it, it pains me to spend almost $90 every time I fill up. You won’t have that problem with the all new CR-V. With 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, you can be guaranteed that you will not feel pain at the pump.

I also love the standard safety features that are included. I am also very impressed with the multi view rear view camera as standard equipment. Add the anti whiplash feature and this mom is convinced that this is an ideal vehicle for young families.

To learn more about the all new and completely redesigned  2012 Honda CR-V head here.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Honda paid for meals and hotel in order to facilitate the test drive of the 2012 Honda CR-V. However, all opinions are my own.


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Credit: Mission Inn

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Yay! We have now officially entered the holiday season! What a beautiful time of year! This is the time to make amazing memories with our families and I want to share with you a fun and free event taking place in Riverside that is sure to create many fun holiday memories with your families.

The Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside is home to the Festival of Lights. More than 3.6 million (Yes Million!) lights transform this beautiful hotel into a holiday wonderland. The festival features nightly live entertainment, “fresh snow”, and even appearances by Santa and his reindeer. You can even ride around a horse drawn carriage.

The Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel is now in full swing and will continue until January 8th, 2012.

The Festival of Lights begins every night at sunset. For additional information head here. Oops almost forgot, The Festival of Lights is free to the public!

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Update: Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Amber K and Stephanie E. Thank you all for entering!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws in Big Bear Lake. The kiddos had fun playing in the snow and mom and dad had a great videotaping all of the fun. There are so many things I’m thankful for! Love love this time of the year.

So why don’t we start the season off with a little giveaway. If you have kids, I’m sure by now most of you have watched Toy Story 3. We love the Toy Story series and the kids could watch it any of the movies over and over again. My son and daughter just started really getting into playing on our Wii and they fell in love with the Toy Story 3 video game. If you have Toy Story 3 fans at home, you will definitely love Toy Story 3 the Video Game. This multi player game is fun for the entire family. You go on quests after searching through the Toy Box. It’s easy to play and even the youngest of players will have the time of their life by going on their quests. I love that it’s perfect for the entire family and it would be a great gift under the tree.

Want a copy? Well you are in luck! I’m giving away two copies to Toy Story 3 video game in the platform of your choice! All you have to do is let me know why you want to win and that’s it!!!  Giveaway ends on Sunday, November 27 th at 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. I  did receive a copy to facilitate a review. However, all opinions are very much my own and we LOVED this game!

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This time of year always makes me reflect on my childhood and all the fun little things my mom, dad and grandma would do for me. I call them “little traditions”. One of these favorite memories is my abuelita(grandma) making me her famous licuados aka smoothies. She would grab bananas, an egg, chocomil( a Quik) powder, ice and throw it in a blender for me every morning.

It would be my morning sendoff and I now create a licuado for my kiddos, except I use fresh fruit, yogurt, milk and crushed ice. It’s delicious and it reminds me of my mom and grandma sending me off to school each morning. It’s one of those “little traditions” I like to keep with my family.

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